Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi. Moscow Nights

Moscow Nights (Podmoskovni Vechera) · Vladimir Troshin and the Women’s Chorus · Radio Concert Orchestra


This music is composed by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi

Relative level of fame is: 44202

Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi. Moscow Nights

"Moscow Nights" is a Russian song having a lot of covers all over the world.

Well-established in their careers, composer Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi and poet Mikhail Matusovsky wrote the song in 1955 with the title "Leningradskie Vechera" ("Leningrad Nights"), but at the request of the Soviet Ministry of Culture, they changed the title to "Подмосковные вечера" ("Podmoskovnye Vechera," literally, "Evenings in the Moscow Suburbs") and made corresponding changes to the lyrics.

In 1956, Podmoskovnye Vechera was recorded by Vladimir Troshin, a young actor of the Moscow Art Theatre, for a scene in a documentary about the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic's athletic competition Spartakiad in which the athletes rest in Podmoskovye, the Moscow suburbs. The film did nothing to promote the song, but thanks to radio broadcasts it gained considerable popularity.

In 1957, quite to the surprise of its creators, the song won both the first prize at the 6th World Festival of Youth and Students held in Moscow and the international song contest. The song spread around the world, achieving particular popularity in mainland China; Van Cliburn's 1958 piano performance of the tune contributed to this international spread.

In the Soviet Union, the tune became the time signal sounded every 30 minutes on the Mayak music and news radio station in 1964.

The shortwave radio station Radio Moscow's English-language service has played an instrumental version of "Moscow Nights", between informing listeners of frequency changes and the hourly newscast since the start of its 24-hour English Service in 1978.

Comments (0)

Please, feel free to leave a comment